After taking in-depth looks at the offense in this post and the defense in this one, it's time to round off the process by confirming our special teams players, and in doing so completing my estimate of our 53 man roster, which will be detailed below. Without knowing the salary cap for 2011 and whether certain CBA restrictions will remain in place, it's very difficult to make estimations - but I have done my best, and the results are after the jump..
Before going straight to the roster, it's time to sort out some final additions in terms of special teams personnel. It's fairly straightforward, and so here goes:
Long Snapper: Justin Snow
Punter: Pat McAfee
Kicker: Adam Vinatieri (re-signed)
The first two are still under contract with the Colts, and prior to the lockout negotiations were ongoing with regards a new contract for Vinatieri. All very straightforward, and the business with Adam will hopefully be done in short order once the season begins after this lockout nonsense is done.
And so, here is my prediction for the Colts 2011 roster in full:
K: Adam Vinatieri (re-signed)
P: Pat McAfee
LS: Justin Snow
So there we have it. That's my estimation for our roster in 2011, with a couple of fairly big name additions in free agency at SS and DT. Mebane and Mikell may not be the most expensive possibilities on the market, but they are experienced veterans who can add something to our defense which may allow us to progress further in the playoffs than we did last year. I sincerely hope we don't have the issues with injury that we did last year, because if we do not then we have a great chance of at least getting to the AFC Championship Game. Any further than that and we are beholden to luck as is the theme with any team that makes it to the Superbowl.
Without any final eight restrictions on free agency activity, we can finally pursue individuals whilst re-signing as many of our own as we like, and given the fact that we should be planning to be a final eight team until Peyton retires, this really is the year to capitalise.
That's enough of my thoughts though, what do you guys think?
How accurate do you think this estimate will prove to be?
Perfect - I think that all 53 of the players detailed above will be on the roster (15 votes)
Good - I think that the targets in Free Agency may vary, but this is a reasonable attempt (96 votes)
Poor - This isn't even close to being correct, with numerous players on the list that should not be (13 votes)
Terrible - What the hell were you thinking? (3 votes)
127 total votes